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President Donald Trump acts swiftly at dawn of new era

Inquirer Breaking News - 25 min 40 sec ago
WASHINGTON---President Donald Trump assumed power Friday with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put "America first," taking a stinging swipe at the legacy of his predecessor hours after reciting the oath of office.   Hundreds of thousands of people stood on the rain-splattered National Mall to see the 70-year-old Republican billionaire be sworn in, and deliver a stridently populist call-to-arms.   Trump promised to lift up the nation's disenfranchised and those who felt betrayed by the political elites, declaring with vindication that "the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."   "From this day forward, a new vision will go...

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Christian Bables now a Regal baby

Inquirer Breaking News - 28 min 23 sec ago
  After his highly lauded role in the internationally acclaimed film "Die Beautiful,"drought days are now overfor Christian Bables as he now becomes officially part of the Regal family. Christian was first noticed when he became part of Kiray Celis and Enchong Dee's 2016 flick "I Love You to Death."However, it was his role as Barbs in last year's Metro Manila Film Festival official entry "Die Beautiful"that made him become a household name. It was his portrayal of Barbs that earned him the Best Supporting Actor award at the MMFF. About fiveyears ago, Christian was struggling to penetrate the show-biz industry. Constantly polishing his talent by undergoing acting works...

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Bomb blast kill 7, wounds over 60 in northwest Pakistan

Inquirer Breaking News - 28 min 43 sec ago
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan --- Pakistani health and government officials say a bomb explosion in a market in tribal region bordering Afghanistan has killed at least seven and wounded more than 60 people.   Dr. Sabir Hussain said Saturday that many of the wounded brought from Parachinar vegetable market blast site were in critical condition and death toll could dramatically jumped up.   Government official Shahid Khan said explosion took place when the market crowded with retailers buying fruits and vegetables c from a wholesale shop. He said the nature of the explosion is being investigated.   No group has claimed responsibility.   ...

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217 arrested as violence mars anti-Trump protests in Washington

Inquirer Breaking News - 51 min 2 sec ago
WASHINGTON---Masked, black-clad protesters carrying anarchist flags smashed windows, lit fires and scuffled with riot police Friday in downtown Washington, blocks from the parade in honor of newly sworn-in President Donald Trump.   Washington police arrested at least 217 people for acts of vandalism committed on the fringe of peaceful citywide demonstrations against Trump's inauguration.   Just before the parade started, clashes broke out between 400 to 500 stone-throwing protesters and riot police, who responded with tear gas -- the second violent flare-up in the space of a few hours.   As Trump's motorcade wound its way up Pennsylvania Avenue in the...

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Cop shoots fellow policeman dead over traffic skirmish

Inquirer Breaking News - 51 min 6 sec ago
SAN PEDRO CITY -- A policeman was shot dead by his fellow police officer after they figured in a traffic skirmish in Lipa City in Batangas province, policeon Saturdaysaid. The victim Sr. Police Officer 1 Darwin Rumal, a member of the Lipa City police, was driving his motorcycle with a male friend when they encountered the suspect, Police Officer 2 Adriel Pasahol, who was also on a motorcycle at around8:20 p.m.in Barangay (village) Sabang, Lipa City police chief Supt. Carlos Barde said in a phone interview. Pasahol was assigned at the Special Weapons and Tactics division of the Tanauan City police although he lives in Lipa. Both policemen were in civilian clothes although Rumal was ...

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Cavs’ Irving shares inspirational message to motivate kids

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:55
CLEVELAND --- Kyrie Irving spent a day dedicated to transition and big speeches by delivering a message from the heart. Cleveland's All-Star point guard, whose own life has undergone major changes over the past year or so because of fatherhood, an Olympic gold medal and NBA championship, spoke to hundreds of school kids on Friday about following their dreams. To kick off a program promoting physical fitness, Irving shared some wisdom and experiences he hopes will help motivate kids to reach their potential. He urged them to listen to their parents, follow their own path and reminded them that life's journey never ends. "I'm still figuring it out," he said. "I'm still you." Teaming ...

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Hundreds of Baguio PUJ drivers march vs jeepney phase-out

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:32
    BAGUIO CITY -- Hundreds of Baguio jeepney operators and drivers marched along downtown Session Roadon Saturday(Jan. 21) to protest the government's order to phase out jeepneys that are 15 years old or older by 2018. Rows of drivers, representing at least 50 jeepney organizations in the city, stopped traffic for 15 minutes at9:30 a.m., carrying banners announcing the demands of their coalition called "Baguio-Benguet Jeepney Associations Against Jeepney Phase-out." They were trailed by several jeepneys carrying the banner, "Don't phase me out." The government phase-out plan is part of a transport modernization program. The Department of Transportation had u...

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Venus focused on tennis, not age, in record 73rd Grand Slam

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:03
MELBOURNE, Australia --- One could never accuse Venus Williams of being sensitive about her age. Not the way she keeps making self-deprecating jokes about it at the Australian Open. Case in point: Asked about the Australian great Margaret Court after her third-round win over China's Duan Yingying at Margaret Court Arena on Friday, Williams said she had a letter from the 24-time major winner hung on the wall in her room as a memento. "It's a congratulations for me being the oldest person in the draw or something like that," she dead-panned. The 36-year-old Williams fields more than her fair share of questions about her advanced age in the sport, how often she considers retirement, wh...

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Bato: Would Korean exec be alive if I didn’t attend concert?

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:59
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Friday responded to criticisms over his attendance in a concert amid the ongoing investigation on the kidnapping and murder of a South Korean executive inside the PNP headquarters.   "Matagal nang patay ang biktima noong nanood ako ng concert. Mabuhay ba ang Koreano kung hindi ako manood?" Dela Rosa said.   (The victim was already dead when I watched the concert. Will he be alive if I did not attend?)   Radyo Inquirer 990 earlier reported that Dela Rosa was seen along the front rows of Bryan Adams' concert in Manila on Thursday, just a few hours after he learned that the sl...

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A tournament without Djokovic to hit home in Australia

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:51
MELBOURNE, Australia --- The stark reality of an Australian Open third round without Novak Djokovic --- for the first time in 11 years --- hits home on Saturday when the remaining players in his half of the draw, Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic among them, attempt to advance to the second week of the tournament. Djokovic was beaten on Thursday in five sets by wild-card entry Denis Istomin, the earliest that the Serbian star has left Melbourne Park in singles since his first appearance here in 2006 when he was beaten by American Paul Goldstein in the first round. "What Novak did here is just amazing, six victories here, six titles ... so it is not possible to be every time in that situa...

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Trump takes presidential oath, athletes make some calls

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:44
A look at some of the reaction around the sports world as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday: "Today is the first day on the road to Making America Great Again #Inauguration2017" ---Buffalo Bills offensive linemanRichie Incognitoon Twitter "Hope these 4 years fly by ? #TimeToPray" ---Memphis Grizzlies forwardJaMychal Greenon Twitter "Today we start a new chapter, let's work together, and remember only saying negative without an idea is creating divide, it does not help US" ---Los Angeles Angels relief pitcherHuston Streeton Twitter "Inauguration Day.. Some folks happier than they've ever been.. some folks madder than they've ever been....

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South Korean minister arrested over artist blacklist allegation

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:38
  SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korean prosecutors on Saturday arrested President Park Geun-hye's culture minister and her former top presidential adviser over allegations that they blacklisted artists critical of the government.   Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun and ex-presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon were allegedly involved in the drawing-up of a blacklist of thousands of artists and cultural figures to exclude them from government funding programs. Three other top former officials have already been arrested over the allegation.   The arrests of Cho and Kim came as the Seoul Central District Court approved prosecutors' request to arrest them for a...

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Kristen Stewart says Trump was ‘obsessed’ with her

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:11
  "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart said Friday President Donald Trump was "obsessed" with her when he posted a series of tweets in 2012 attacking her for cheating on co-star Robert Pattinson.   The 26-year-old actress responded for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival to Trump's criticisms, made while he was a still a reality star on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice."   "He was mad at me a couple years ago, really obsessed with me a couple years ago, which is fucking crazy," Stewart told entertainment magazine Variety's festival studio in Park City, Utah.   The newly-inaugurated president posted five tweets about the Hollywood couple in ...

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Cops nab ranking drug pusher in Quezon

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:46
LUCENA CITY -- The number two drug pusher in Quezon province was arrested in a buy-bust operationFriday, police saidSaturday. Supt. Dennis de Leon, Lucena police chief, said operatives from Drug Enforcement Unit led by Senior Insp. Rodolfo Borromeo nabbed Miguel de Ocampo, 39, alias "Mac-mac", in Barangay (village) Dalahican after he sold a pack of "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride) to an undercover policeman at about4:00 p.m.De Ocampo was tagged as number two in the Quezon provincial police drug watch list. Quoting De Ocampo, Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento, Quezon police director, said the suspect has been pushing drugs for more than four years and has never been arres...

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El Chapo is hauled off to US jail that has held terrorists

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:22
NEW YORK --- In a scene US authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters. Holding his unshackled hands behind his back, a dazed-looking Guzman entered a not-guilty plea through his lawyers to drug trafficking and other charges at a Brooklyn courthouse ringed by squad cars, officers with assault rifles and bomb-sniffing dogs. "He's a man known for a life of crime, violence, death and destruction, and now he'll have to answer for that," Robert Capers, the US attorney in...

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Trump signs executive decree against Obamacare health law

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 09:18
  WASHINGTON, United States -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order aimed at limiting the "burden" of the Obamacare health law that the incoming US leader has vowed to repeal.   During the signing in the Oval Office, Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus described the order as aimed at "minimizing the economic burden" of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, "pending repeal."   Doing away with Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement is a top priority for Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and, since Trump's inauguration Friday, the White House.   In their view, Obamacare -- which aimed to ensure healthcare f...

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Senate confirms Trump’s picks for defense, homeland security

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 09:04
    WASHINGTON --- Wasting little time to fill two critical national security posts, the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly confirmed the two retired Marine generals President Donald Trump tapped to run the Pentagon and secure America's borders.   Senators voted on Friday to approve the nomination of James Mattis to be defense secretary, 98-1, just hours after Trump's swearing-in at the US Capitol. The selection of John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security cleared the Senate, 88-11.   At a luncheon following his inauguration, Trump said Mattis and Kelly were from "central casting," referring to their reputations as tough-talking, n...

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Trump: Fiery populist in the White House

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 07:55
WASHINGTON, United States -- Standing on the steps of the US Capitol, his fist exultantly raised, Donald John Trump had just finished his inaugural address.   Speaking in aggressive tones with strong nationalistic accents, and with little regard for the customary solemnity of the historic transfer of power, his was the triumphal face of a new populism, now at the helm of the world's most powerful country.   Surrounded, as always, by his tight-knit family as he prepared to take up residence in the White House, he again intoned the slogans that had defined his presidential campaign: "America first" and "Make America great again."   After a drama-filled ...

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Analysis: Trump speech shows America getting what it ordered

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 06:06
WASHINGTON --- America is getting what it ordered on Election Day. If anyone was expecting an evolution from Donald Trump the candidate to Donald Trump the president, never mind. The new president delivered an inaugural address Friday that was straight from his campaign script --- to the delight or dismay of different subsets of Americans. Trump gave nods to unity and began with kind words for Barack and Michelle Obama, but pivoted immediately to a searing indictment of the status quo and the Obama years. Presidents past have promised an American Covenant, a New Frontier, a Great Society. Trump sketched a vision of "American carnage." Then he promised to end it with...

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Taking his exit, Obama says presidency proved hope wins out

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 05:53
WASHINGTON --- Former President Barack Obama exited the presidency on Friday with a message of gratitude to Americans and a plea to his supporters not to be bowed by the inauguration of President Donald Trump. "You proved the power of hope," Obama said before departing Washington as a newly minted ex-president. In a farewell speech at Andrews Air Force Base before boarding the presidential plane for the last time, Obama said he'd been met by skepticism and doubt throughout his eight years in office by some who "didn't think we could pull it off." Obama said his supporters had transcended the obstacles posed by entrenched political powers by finding bonds of unity with Americans...

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